2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America Teams
RALEIGH, N.C. – The dominating season of St. Thomas has continued with the announcement of the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America Team, announced Thursday by the association.
Three Tommies took home first team honors, with senior Nikki Conway, senior Carrie Embree and sophomore Marie Bye named first team catcher, shortstop and at-large, respectively. Senior pitcher Janet Nagle joined them by being named a second team at-large selection. Conway became just the second Division III player to reach 40 home runs, 200 hits and 200 runs in a career. She was also solid behind the plate with just two errors in 335 chances. In her career, Embree has batted .451, with 145 hits, 100 runs, 75 RBIs, 31 walks, nine HRs and 73 steals. Pitcher and first baseman Bye is 37-4 in the circle with a 1.08 ERA and has held foes to a .145 batting average, with 323 strikeouts; as a batter, she's hitting .403 with 89 hits, 74 RBI, 12 doubles, and 15 home runs. Finally, Nagle collected her second all-American nod after winning her Division III-record 34th consecutive game in April. She's now 81-6 on her career, and her .931 winning percentage currently ranks first in Division III history.
Several teams placed two players on the all-American squad, including Salisbury, who had two members on the first team. Erin Ruest was named the to the first team at first base, while Lacey Lister was an at-large selection. Ruest and Lister were named co-Capital Athletic Conference Players of the Year after leading the Gulls to the team’s 10th straight conference title. Lister recored a 15-2 record on the season, allowing just fourteen earned runs in 111 innings pitched. Ruest Ruest led the team with a .545 average while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 37.
Hardin-Simmons and LaVerne also had two all-Americans each, with one on the first team for both. Hardin-Simmons placed outfielder Nicole Cortez on the first team, and Arin Spence was a second-team utility selection. Cortez broke her own Hardin-Simmons single season record with 19 doubles while batting .467 with 64 hits. LaVerne’s Kelley Silagyi was named the first team third baseman, while teammate Amanda Jones was named a second team outfielder.
Augustana, Fontbonne and St. Scholastica repeated the pattern, each placing one player on the first team and an additional player on another squad. Augustana’s Erin Daniels was named the first team second baseman after batting.485 with 50 hits. Her partner up the middle, Lorena Cernetisch, was named to the third team as shortstop. Annie Dillinger of Fontbonne was a first team selection in the outfield, as she had 56 RBIs on 50 hits, including 10 home runs. Teammate Ashley Weaver was a third team pitcher selection. St. Scholastica placed 23-4 pitcher Laura Heise on the first team as an at-large selection, while Erica Bond was named a third team outfielder.
Rowan was another school with multiple selections, with Colleen Oswald taking home second team pitcher honors and Kristin Wallace as a third team at-large selection.
First team pitcher Michelle Schlichtig leads her team into action tomorrow at the Division III national championship after a regular season in which she went 21-2 with a 0.89 ERA. Fellow first team pitcher Laurel Sagartz of Washington-St. Louis had an impressive 17-2 year with a 0.34 ERA. Sagartz was also a force at the plate, batting .359 with six home runs.
Lynchburg’s Caroline Cubbage was the final outfielder named to the first team after setting new single season school records in home runs, doubles, RBIs, and runs. Jackie Card of Western New England was the first team selection at designated player after batting .444 with 14 doubles.
Catcher Kari Hoying of Muskingum continues her stellar season this week in Raleigh after being named a first team at-large selection. Hoying batted .488 with 62 hits, while defensively she had only 2 errors in 222 chances for a .991 fielding percentage.
The entire Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America listing can be found by clicking here.
The all-America selections were honored at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet Thursday evening in Raleigh, N.C.